A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what did the British go to Rhodesia to find?

2. In "A Question of Power," Bessie states that what can lead a people or a nation into a terrible abyss of destruction?

3. Bessie states that the system in South Africa sees blacks as not what?

4. Josef Herman, the artist who lived through the Nazi invasion of Poland, fled to what country?

5. In "Makeba music," Bessie states that she believes in what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bessie describe the world that a black South African is born into?

2. In "Social and Political Pressures . . . ," what astonished Bessie about the book "One Hundred Years of Solitude"?

3. Why was it so difficult for Bessie to deal with South Africa creatively?

4. What was Bessie's first experience of racism in a black form?

5. In what ways did emancipation slowly make it's way to Botswana?

6. Why according to Bessie has Botswana survived by "sheer luck and unexpected good fortune"?

7. In "African Religions," what does Bessie state is at the root of religion in Africa?

8. Why was Bessie able to write in Botswana rather than South Africa?

9. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie think that the spirit of the Nigra Goddess has done for the blacks in America?

10. Why does Bessie consider Botswana the "most unique and distinguished country in Africa"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Atteridgeville in 1964 was a community full of poverty and desolation. What was the main reason for unemployment here? How far did people have to go just to work? Because of the high rate of unemployment, how were many of the young men looked upon? How did illegitimate births fit into this scenario? Why weren't young people getting married? What agency owned almost everything in Atteridgeville? Do you think that the young men of this town stood a chance of bettering themselves professionally or personally?

Essay Topic 2

The Natives Land Act of 1913 deeply affected the lives of the South African blacks. What was the purpose of the Act? What did the shortage of labor at the mines have to do with the passing of the Act? What were the consequences for whites, who allowed the blacks access to water or grazing land? What, do you think, was the main effect on the psyche of the one million black people affected by the passing of this Act?

Essay Topic 3

Oppression stunted and almost obliterated Bessie's creativity. And yet, the musician, Makeba, seemed to revel in it. Why do you think it would affect two people so differently? Is it a question of passion? Does it create more passion for some and less for others? Do you think that Makeba's passion for liberation fueled her in a creative sense? Did she use the situation to her own advantage? Did Bessie's avoidance of anything liberatory or revolutionary deny her this? Had she been more liberal, might she have been able to write?

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